Cohousing started to develop in the UK at the end of the 1990s and there are now about 12 communities in the country – such as this one in Stroud.
While everyone has a private residence on the site, there are some facilities which are shared – usually a large dining area where residents will cook and share meals two or three times a week. Washing facilities and play areas are also things that can be communal.
Such schemes are gaining popularity because they cut down on the amount of land given over to building and also bring communities together. Springhill Cohousing has been recognised by The Deputy Prime Minister’s Award for making an “outstanding contribution” to Sustainable Communities.